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Washer won't spin fast enough

I have a Whirlpool washer, model LSQ8000LQ1, that makes a whining noise when the motor is running. It doesn't spin like it used to. Would this be more likely the clutch or the gearcase? The whining sounds like the gears may be worn or stripped.

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  • plbr58 May 10, 2009

    This model is direct drive, there are no belts. Any other suggestions? Thanks for your help.

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Check the belts under the unit.. they may be worn and loose..

Posted on May 10, 2009

  • KEN LaPOINT
    KEN LaPOINT May 10, 2009

    I'll do some checking and if I find anything, I'll post it for you.... sorry I can't be of more help right now.



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